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Links for 2019-10-25

An epic treatise on scheduling, bug tracking, and triage by apenwarr. Excellent stuff — most of what we do in Swrve for scheduling is included here (tags: agile management software programming scheduling triage bugs backlogs jira)

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Links for 2019-10-24

UK Tories pioneering ‘government through shitposting’ In the Australian election earlier this year, Scott Morrison’s Liberals did surprisingly well and “boomer memes” – as this style of message is called – were partially credited with the campaign’s online success, according to Latika Bourke who is a London-based journalist for the Sydney Morning Herald. The consultants […]

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Links for 2019-10-23

80×25 An extremely deep dive into the history of a UNIX terminal’s dimensions, and how they got that way (tags: terminals unix history computing computers vt100 dec punch-cards)

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Links for 2019-10-21

trevorndodds/dd-wrt-grafana Send DD-WRT router metrics to a graphite server, and a nice Grafana dashboard for same. Needs JFFS enabled on the router (tags: dd-wrt wrt routers networking grafana graphite metrics) DD-WRT Network Stats Graphics using Grafana and InfluxDB A slightly hackier approach to DD-WRT grafana metrics, but with a workaround when JFFS isn’t an option […]

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Links for 2019-10-20

Excellent Twitter thread on Facebook in Myanmar Thought provoking — as argued here, possibly Facebook should not have expanded into Myanmar or Sri Lanka at scale, until it had built out the content moderation and abuse handling teams for those areas and languages, and they should have researched and foreseen the political issues that would […]

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Links for 2019-10-17

thegreenwebfoundation/datasets ‘Open datasets & methodologies for carbon emissions from different activities. Forked from OpenAMEE, and npm installable’ This is very impressive — lots of carbon emissions estimation code. (tags: co2 carbon emissions estimation npm javascript open-source) Oftel use a Yahoo! group to manage UK phone number assignments Yes, really. Today it was announced that Yahoo! […]

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Links for 2019-10-16

How a new class of startups are working to solve the grid storage puzzle – MIT Technology Review A rake of energy storage startups, from giant batteries to molten salt to cranes and barrels (tags: energy energy-storage startups future climate-change technology batteries) How A Massive Facebook Scam Siphoned Millions Of Dollars From Unsuspecting Boomers Since […]

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Links for 2019-10-15

Computer says no: the people trapped in universal credit’s ‘black hole’ This is some horrifically dystopian shit from the UK: Tears filled the eyes of Danny Brice, 47, in London when he showed the Guardian how difficult he has found negotiating the UC programme with learning disabilities and dyslexia. “I call it the black hole,” […]

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Links for 2019-10-14

Unpopular opinions on solar power from Jenny “@solar_chase” Chase. Lots of interesting solar-power factoids, like: 12. A lot of current household PV systems are designed suboptimally and may not make economic sense or even perform well. Also, most countries will move to paying a pittance for solar exports, so self-consumption rate is becoming the most […]

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Links for 2019-10-11

thoughts on rms and gnu — wingolog I can hear you saying it. RMS started GNU so RMS decides what it is and what it can be. But I don’t accept that. GNU is about practical software freedom, not about RMS. GNU has long outgrown any individual contributor. I don’t think RMS has the legitimacy […]

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Links for 2019-10-10

UK launched passport photo checker it knew would fail with dark skin | New Scientist “User research was carried out with a wide range of ethnic groups and did identify that people with very light or very dark skin found it difficult to provide an acceptable passport photograph,” the department wrote in a document released […]

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Links for 2019-10-09

THE HISTORY OF GAMING MAGAZINES: A GALLERY – DIGITISER this is incredible (tags: gaming magazines funny retrogaming arcade-games games parody digitiser) Gen A Most of those under the age of around forty will live lives defined by the anthropocene: by the immense challenges contained in mounting climate chaos and ecological collapse. As these twin calamities […]

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Links for 2019-10-08

Scylla compression benchmarks ScyllaDB tested out LZ4, Snappy, DEFLATE, and ZStandard at several different levels on a decently real-world-ish workload. tl;dr: Use compression. Unless you are using a really (but REALLY) fast hard drive, using the default compression settings will be even faster than disabling compression, and the space savings are huge. When running a […]

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Links for 2019-10-07

electricityMap This is fascinating! ‘a live visualization of where your electricity comes from and how much CO2 was emitted to produce it.’ (via ClimateAction.tech) (tags: electricity statistics graphs data energy climate renewables carbon co2) Project Drawdown ‘The objective of the solutions list is to be inclusive, presenting an extensive array of impactful measures already in […]

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Links for 2019-10-04

“See bike, say bike” This is useful advice, on how to avoid the SMIDSY, or “Sorry mate, I didn’t see you”, accident type. When we looked at what predicts whether you do remember the motorbike, it’s not whether you looked at it, or how long you looked at it for, it’s what you do afterwards. […]

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Links for 2019-10-02

Operating Apache Kafka Clusters 24/7 Without A Global Ops Team Lyft built an autoremediation system and apparently it works :) Good to get a detailed writeup on such an elusive beast (tags: autoremediation failures ops kafka scalability automation) The Shitkansen this may be the best Aussie neologism. “Shitkansen” refers to the shitty Newcastle-Sydney suburban rail […]

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Links for 2019-10-01

JSON originally had comments. They were removed Oh christ. This is some terrible logic from Douglas Crockford: Comments in JSON (Apr 30, 2012) I removed comments from JSON because I saw people were using them to hold parsing directives, a practice which would have destroyed interoperability. I know that the lack of comments makes some […]

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Links for 2019-09-30

How To Use The Bridgefy Offline Messaging App Decent offline messaging system for smartphones — uses Bluetooth to connect p2p, without requiring working internet (tags: apps mobile offline networking bluetooth chat emergency) The Loudest Sound Ever Heard The Krakatoa explosion registered 172 decibels at 100 miles from the source. This is so astonishingly loud, that […]

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Links for 2019-09-27

Implementing graceful-close in Haskell network library One of the nice bits about HTTP 1.0 and 1.1 was the strong connection direction semantics, avoiding the classic TCP deadlock scenarios seen in bidirectional protocols. But now HTTP/2 supports bidirectionality, so HTTP/2 servers need to be more careful about how they close connections, as this blog post describes […]

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Links for 2019-09-26

Scott Aaronson on Google’s quantum supremacy leaked paper It seems a paper between Google and NASA accidentally leaked a couple of days ago, saying that a group at Google has now achieved quantum computational supremacy with a 53-qubit superconducting device. According to Scott Aaronson, a noted quantum-computation expert, this is a Big Deal and a […]

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Links for 2019-09-25

Neurosexism: the myth that men and women have different brains The history of sex-difference research is rife with innumeracy, misinterpretation, publication bias, weak statistical power, inadequate controls and worse. Rippon, a leading voice against the bad neuroscience of sex differences, uncovers so many examples in this ambitious book that she uses a whack-a-mole metaphor to […]

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Links for 2019-09-23

AIB makes a mess of security upgrade, locking out thousands of customers Ireland’s largest bank, and they’ve really made a mess of this. Lots of false positives on the “rooted device” detection code it seems. It seems detecting “rooted” devices is a part of the PSD2 spec, and you have to wonder why… (tags: aib […]

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Links for 2019-09-18

Why hard disks are/were called Winchester some ancient history. I’d forgotten about this nomenclature (tags: winchester history ibm disks hard-disks hardware) Use of an opaque binary class in a public iOS API causes problems “Apple changing the behavior of `NSData -description` in iOS 13 could break push notification registration for thousands of apps. Beyond the […]

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Links for 2019-09-16

Replacing Eir’s FTTH WiFi router with a NetGear Orbi Great writeup from Padraig Brady. sounds like solid hardware — I’d get one if I needed to replace my current setup based on this (tags: orbi netgear han lan home networking wifi ops)

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Links for 2019-09-13

Facing the Great Reckoning Head-On – danah boyd – Medium “Move fast and break things” is an abomination if your goal is to create a healthy society. Taking short-cuts may be financially profitable in the short-term, but the cost to society is too great to be justified. In a healthy society, we accommodate differently abled […]

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Links for 2019-09-12

Fairphone 3 Teardown – iFixit ‘We tear down the modular Fairphone 3 with a giant grin on our faces! It’s not perfect, but this is just about all we can ask for from a smartphone in 2019.’ Quite nice — modular, reminiscent of the Samsung S5 a little. specs are not stellar, but the ethical […]

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Links for 2019-09-11

Millennium Challenge 2002 – Wikipedia omg I never knew about this. Post 9/11, the Bush administration ran a war game scenario which resulted in a massive fail for the US forces, and had to be re-run to ensure they won: ‘At this point, the exercise was suspended, Blue’s ships were “re-floated”, and the rules of […]

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Links for 2019-09-10

ericflo/mediasummon: Summon your photos and videos back to you Mediasummon is an open source application that fetches a copy of all your photos and videos, and keeps them continuously backed up into one organized directory either on your computer or on a cloud storage provider. Currently supports reading from Instagram, Google Photos, and Facebook, and […]

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Links for 2019-09-09

TIL: bananas contain the primary compound in the honeybee’s “alarm” pheromone Science helps us explain the phenomena. Turns out bananas contain a compound called isoamyl acetate (also known as isopentyl acetate) – the very same as that which is in honeybees’ alarm pheromone. Pure banana oil (used in emollients, perfumes, and to broaden the flavored […]

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Links for 2019-09-06

Google Code Review Practices how Google do code reviews. pretty basic stuff but it’s good to have it written down from an authoritative source (tags: google code-review prs pull-requests best-practices coding collaboration) TERFs: the rise of “trans-exclusionary radical feminists,” explained – Vox Good long-read on TERFism, its history, and its ties to conservatism (tags: terfs […]

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Links for 2019-09-05

Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory Prayer (STEP) in cardiac bypass patients: A multicenter randomized trial of uncertainty and certainty of receiving intercessory prayer – ScienceDirect hee hee: Intercessory prayer itself had no effect on complication-free recovery from [coronary artery bypass graft surgery], but certainty of receiving intercessory prayer was associated with a higher […]

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Links for 2019-09-04

cable internet is IP over MPEG DOCSIS sends downstream data in MPEG frames because that’s what the cable networks are optimized for and what all the switching equipment understood when cable broadband took off. :facepalm: (via:jwz) (tags: history hysterical-raisins docsis protocols bizarre mpeg via:jwz) It’s later than you think This is one heartbreaking blog post: […]

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Links for 2019-09-03

Trees on the Land a cross-border initiative working to establish young native trees across the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. We run an annual tree planting event where landowners across the 32 counties turn out to plant their trees on a selected Saturday in February.  Our next planting day is Saturday 15th February 2020. […]

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Links for 2019-09-02

AWS Post-Event Summaries ‘A list of post-event summaries from major service events that impacted AWS service availability’ (tags: postmortems post-mortems aws ops outages availability) The Plan to Use Fitbit Data to Stop Mass Shootings Is One of the Scariest Proposals Yet “The proposed data collection goes beyond absurdity when they mention the desire to collect […]

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Links for 2019-08-29

Does Kafka really guarantee the order of messages? – SoftwareMill Tech Blog tl;dr: nope — It is worth to know that default configuration can lead to producing messages in the wrong order when a failure happens, and if message order is important for your application you can have a lot of trouble because someone told […]

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Links for 2019-08-22

Irish firm’s device to detect IBS triggers praised by researchers The FoodMarble device is quite cool: Aire uses breath analysis to enable users to measure how well they absorb different types of foods, so they can identify what foods they can eat without discomfort. Researchers from the University of Auckland found that FoodMarble’s device successfully […]

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Links for 2019-08-21

Roadside Picnic: Artifacts left by Visitors in the Zones Rattling napkins, so-sos, empties and Dick The Tramp (tags: roadside-picnic sf strugatsky-brothers the-zones stalker fiction)

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Links for 2019-08-19

Daring Fireball: Siri, Privacy, and Trust My reading of this is that until last week, if you used Siri in any way, your recordings might be used in this “grading” process. If I graded Apple on the privacy and trust implications of this, I’d give them an F. (tags: siri grading privacy data voice ml […]

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Links for 2019-08-16

“Trees in early Ireland” – Augustine Henry Memorial Lecture, Royal Dublin Society ‘In this article an attempt is made to identify all the twenty-eight trees and shrubs which are listed in Old Irish law-text of about the eight century AD. There is also an account of trees which are mentioned in early Irish poetry and […]

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Links for 2019-08-15

What the Heck Is Crab Rangoon Anyway? – Gastro Obscura this is great. Crab Rangoon (which I’ve never heard of on this side of the pond!) is a wholly concocted “preposterous dish”: Crab rangoon is a pure distillation of tiki fusion weirdness. There was a strange, circular movement between tiki food and American Chinese food. […]

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